An Ante-room of One's Own - Suffrage commission for Leeds Library and Information Service

Deadline: 05/03/2018  |  Published: 20/02/2018  |  Venue: Leeds Central Library, Room 700  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Hannah Farley

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To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote, Leeds Library and Information Service are curating an exhibition and series of events relating to the empowerment of women and the history of suffrage. Leeds City Council has been awarded government funding as one of seven ‘Centenary Cities’ and this commission will form part of the citywide celebrations. We are offering an opportunity to create additional new work to complement our planned programme.

We are looking for an artist to engage with, and be inspired by, our Special Collections and bring them to a new and diverse audience. It must be a bold statement work acknowledging the centenary celebrations and directly relate to its position situated within a library.

Room 700 is a multi-use arts space on the first floor of Leeds Central Library positioned between the music and art library. It has a diverse audience and is a space to think, talk, make and do. This is a unique opportunity to develop work for an under-utilised exhibition area. The ante-room area is by the main entrance to the room. The available space is 36m2 with wall mounting opportunity for displayed or projected work. There are 3 wall surfaces that could be utilised measuring 2.5m x 2.7m, 2.5m x 2.7m and 1.5m x 2.7m. The floor to ceiling height is approx. 3.5m.

This area has high impact as you approach the room and contributes to the first impression of audiences visiting the space. It must be appropriate for all ages and with clear titling and interpretation for audiences. It should complement the planned exhibition in Room 700 and other suffrage themed activities.


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When is the deadline?
5th March 2018
How many works can I submit?
Only one submission per artist
When is the delivery date?
Work to be developed throughout April 2018, ready for installation from 1st May 2018 to be exhibited for one month. A workshop sharing practice and approaches should also be delivered during May 2018 for emerging artists.
When do I need to collect my work?
The exhibition must be taken down at the end of May and cannot be stored by the library beyond the dates of the exhibition.
Are there payments to artists?
There is a total commission fee of £1500 to include all costs, fees, running a workshop and materials.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The exhibition will be viewable during the normal library opening hours
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, there is disabled access
Do I need to be present?
The selected artist will be required to undertake research within the library, but the work is to be created off site. It is essential that the work is created for an unsupervised public area.
How do you decide on proposals?
A panel will assess all applications and choose the proposal that shows the most innovative and achievable idea within the limits of the commission.

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